Thursday, 5 March 2015

Queen Elizabeth I by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger

I chose to show you this painting because I am pretty keen on Elizabeth the First.  I had never heard of this artist before – it did make me wonder whether some artists didn't get well known because they have difficult names to spell!  If they had adopted 'stage names' like pop stars do, it might have made all the difference!

This painting was done in 1592 – the Queen was quite old then – not that you can tell from the painting.  You get the feeling that the painting is mostly about displaying the fabulous dress.

The artist has depicted the Queen as standing on top of a map of the world and as standing between a storm and clear skies.

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